Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Friday accused India of ‘stalling’ peace-talks with the country citing various excuses.
In a series of statements, Aziz said that Pak’s priority was to improve relations with all its neighbours including India and that India hadn’t responded so far.
“For us the priority has been improved relations with our neighbours including India. Our economic goals and revivals cannot be achieved without that. But it takes 2 to achieve that objective and India so far hasn’t responded,” he said today.
“In one excuse or other, they (India) delay dialogue (India-Pak talks),” he added.
Citing Pathankot attacks and terror related activities as India’s ‘excuses’ to stall bilateral dialog, Aziz said that, “After PM Modi’s inaugural ceremony, the 2 FS (India-Pak)couldn’t meet as Pak HC met Kashmiri leaders, that was hardly an excuse.”
“The non resumption of dialogue is a problem. Meanwhile, we have tried to ensure that the relationship remains cordial no tension on the LOC, normal trading continues so that if the
relationship cannot improve, it should not deteriorate either,” he further added.
Asserting Pakistan’s intentions of improving relations with India, Aziz said that, “We’ll continue to urge that we(India-Pak)should resume dialogue and try to improve our relation both in economic and non-economic fields.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Aziz accused India of ‘shying away’ from peace talks with Pakistan to avoid discussing the Kashmir issue.
“It is actually India which is shying away as it knows that it has to discuss Kashmir and other issues on the dialogue table,” Aziz had said.
WATCH: Post Pathankot,dialogue(Indo-Pak)got suspended,don’t see why such incidents shld suspend dialogue-Sartaj Azizhttps://t.co/oFOTFcHHw2
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